Illustrated by: Dan Santat
Published by: Putnam
Released on: March 28th, 2017
Ages: 5 & up
Purchase from: Penguin | Amazon
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Rating: 4 Owlets
Thank you to Penguin Random House for provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review
A heartwarming father-son story about bravery and facing fears.
Bravery isn't something Nick has without his small toy dinosaur by his side. After a great soccer game, his beloved toy, and comfort gets lost. With it's loss, his feeling of bravery and confidence gets lost too. Thankfully his father understands his young son, and does his best to help him find it. With some determination, Nick and his father retrace their steps and find his toy dinosaurs right where he first got lost.
These illustrations are great! Dan Santat's illustrations are the perfect touch to this story, and bring it life perfectly. The illustrations alone are worth picking up this book.
One of the things I really liked about this story, is the fact that the dad acknowledges his son's fears and worries, and helps him find his dinosaur. In having his father's help, and his acknowledging his son's feelings, it helps create a bond of trust between them. The dad knows his son has the courage, he just has to find it in his own way and time. I think that's a wonderful message for young kids.